June 18, 2018
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Searsport cruises to fourth victory


BANGOR, Maine — The Searsport High School Vikings were eager to snap their two-game losing streak.

And the youthful Bangor Christian Patriots and their inexperienced pitchers wound up incurring their wrath Monday afternoon.

Evan Kingsbury and Rocky Faunce had three hits apiece and combined for seven runs batted in as the Vikings unleashed a 16-hit attack that carried them to a 20-0, five-inning win over the Patriots on a cold, blustery day.

Kingsbury had two doubles and a single and knocked in five runs and Faunce had three singles and drove in a pair as Class C Searsport improved to 4-3-1.

Class D Bangor Christian fell to 4-5.

“They’re both very good hitters and sound baseball players,” said Bangor Christian coach Mike Poulin.

Searsport coach Dave Pepin pointed out that Kingsbury is 9-for-11 in his last three games.

“He slumped early but he’s in a groove right now,” said Pepin.

“The ball is looking pretty good right now. I’ve been waiting for the right pitch and going with it,” said Kingbury who added that the win was an important one.

“We realized after our last two losses that it was time to step it up and show how we can really play,” said Kingsbury.

Searsport took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on an error, a stolen base, Buddy Ellis’ RBI single, two walks and Faunce’s RBI single.

The Vikings added three in the second before erupting for 14 in the third inning.

Kingsbury doubled home the first run in the second inning, Jake Allenwood singled home the next run and a bases-loaded walk to Zach Beaudry produced the final run.

In the third, Kingsbury had a two-run double and a two-run single as Searsport sent 20 men to the plate against three Bangor Christian pitchers.

There were seven hits, seven walks, three hits batsmen and two sacrifice flies in the inning.

“I was proud with the way the guys played,” said Pepin. “We had three kids suspended for the previous two games and now we have everybody back and it’s time to turn the page and make a tournament run.”

Pepin made a nice sportsmanship gesture after the third inning uprising as he had his starters bunt back to the mound in the fourth and fifth innings.

“It was very good sportsmanship,” said Poulin whose players and coaches were joined by the Viking players and coaches for a brief prayer session after the game.

“We don’t want to show anybody up and they have a classy program,” said Pepin.

Ellis, Shane Seekins and Allen Connor had two hits apiece for the winners to complement Kingsbury and Faunce.

Connor pitched two innings of one-hit ball for the win with Faunce and James Harvey finishing up.

Junior Andrew Harvey, in his first year as a pitcher, absorbed the loss.

Nate Kutz’s second-inning single was Bangor Christian’s only hit.

“Everybody has one of those days,” said BC third baseman Rem Poulin, the coach’s son.

“They’re one of the top teams in Class C,” said BC catcher Tyler Alexander.

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